Written by
Bob Stumpel

October 5

Ray Charles Live In Antibes (1985)

'85 LC AntibesConcert 1985 Antibes

Cover festival program.

A concert in Antibes in 1985, that I speculated about beforehas survived in the INA archives (ID PHY11006183*). The show took place on July 20th. The band did an inspired job with the instrumentals. Ray got the French audience on their knees with For Mamma.

1.         Woody ‘n’ Bu (Ray Charles Orchestra)

2.         Blues For Nya Nya (Ray Charles Orchestra)

3.         Wave (Ray Charles Orchestra)

4.         Spain (Ray Charles Orchestra)

            Intro RC

5.         Riding Thumb

6.         Busted

7.         Georgia On My Mind

8.         Oh, What A Beautiful Morning

9.         I’ve Got News For You

10.       Some Enchanted Evening

11.       For Mamma

            Intro Raeletts (RC)

12.       I Want Your Love

13.       Anyway You Want To

14.       Don’t Change On Me

15.       I Can’t Stop Loving You

16.       Knock On Wood

17.       3/4 Time

18.       Born To Love Me

19.       What’d I Say (with I’m Gonna Keep On Singing intro)


The line-up, unfortunately with lots of question marks (based on INA notes, discussion with alumni band members, last dcoumented concert before this gig, and next documented concert after this gig):

Ray Charles – voc, p, el.p; Jeff Kaye, Mark Curry, Jim Seeley, ?Ted Murdock? – tp; Ken Tussing, Delfeayo Marsalis, ?Armin Marmolejo?, ?John Boice?, ?Dan Weinstein?, ?Dana Hughes?, ?Charlie Schofner? – tb; Clifford Solomon, Brian Mitchell, Rudy Johnson, Ricky Woodard, ?Steve Elliott?, ?Al Jackson? – sax; Ernest Vantrease – kb, Jeff Pevar – g, Roger Hines – b, Paul Kreibich – dm. The Raelettes: Angela Workman, Estella Yarbrough, Elaine Woodard, Trudy Cohran, Janice Mitchell.

* Good sound quality on average, but minor flaws in mic’ing, a few hick-ups and silences  in board mix and final edit. There’s a second INA-file, PMY14001168, which just is an incomplete and mixed-up copy of the same concert. 


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